Forcible Felonies

Des Moines Forcible Felony Lawyers

Having a felony on your record dooms most people's employment prospects. A forcible felony conviction may be even more damning -- a forcible felonies will make you seem like a violent, scary person. Conviction could cost you your job, your friends, and your reputation.

At Clark & Sears Law, we defend the rights and liberties of good people who are accused of bad things. An Iowa forcible felony attorney might be able to save you from paying thousands in fines and spending time locked up away from your family.

Get out of trouble and get back to life. Call Clark & Sears Law,  now at (515) 200-2787 to set up a free consultation. A receptionist is available 24/7 to take your call.

What is a forcible felony?

"A “forcible felony” is any felonious child endangerment, assault, murder, sexual abuse, kidnapping, robbery, human trafficking, arson in the first degree, or burglary in the first degree. " - Iowa Code 702.11


These things are not forcible felonies:

  • Willful injury in violation of section 708.4(2).
  • Sexual abuse in the third degree committed between spouses.
  • Sexual abuse in violation of section 709.4(1)(b)(3)(d).
  • Sexual exploitation by a counselor, therapist, or school employee in violation of section 709.15.
  • Child endangerment subject to penalty under section 726.6(6).
  • Assault in violation of section 708.2(4).
  • Domestic abuse assault in violation of section 708.2A(5).
  • Removal of an officer’s communication or control device in violation of section 708.12(3)(f).

Minimum Sentencing

If you're convicted of a forcible felony and the jury finds that you:

  • Represented that you had a dangerous weapon
  • Displayed a dangerous weapon in a threatening way
  • Were armed with a dangerous weapon while you participated in the forcible felony

You will have to spend five years in prison before being eligible for parole.

No Deferred or Suspended Judgments or Sentences

Iowa Code 907.3 won't permit the judge to grant you a deferred judgment, deferred sentence, or suspended sentence following a forcible felony conviction.

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